Putting Christ before the Political Debates

Growing up, my mom taught me to not discuss my political beliefs publicly with just anyone because it is rude to do. But the older I got, the more interested in government and politics I became, leading me to be very vocal about my political views, which landed me in the middle of many hot debates.

We live in a country that is free for all and allows us to have freedom of speech. Those freedoms are some of the reasons our country is so great, but are those freedoms making us be hateful to those of differing viewpoints or beliefs? With our freedoms comes a responsibility and it is up to us to be wise in how we choose to exercise our freedoms.

This past year our country has seen a great shift in the political realm and within our society. There are more protests, more debates and arguments, and more division than ever before. As Christians, we are to unite, not divide. Are we among those dividing this great country into more strife and bickering or are we putting Christ back into the land of the free?

As Christians, we have a duty to spread the goodness of Christ to those in the world. It is up to us to tell people about the gospel of Christ. It is up to us to show people that Christ is the answer to everything. But if we’re too busy arguing and bickering over what’s going on in our country, we are dimming our lights and the goodness of Christ.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;” “For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

We must be leaders to those around us today. We must put Christ back into our conversations and back onto our social media accounts. We must live peaceably among those around us if we want to lead them to Christ. We cannot lead the lost to Christ if we’re too busy bickering with them over different political views. The only way to lead the lost to Christ is by being loving towards them and showing them Christ through our words and actions.

A Liberal still has a soul worth winning to Christ.
A Democrat still has a soul worth winning to Christ.
A Republican still has a soul worth winning to Christ.
A Socialist still has a soul worth winning to Christ.
Do not forget that those within different political parties than you still have souls worth winning.

Titus 3:9 says, “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.”

This scripture is a hard one to swallow. Reading this also smacks me in the face and makes me realize how important it is to stay out of the political debates going on in this country today. What is profitable is spreading the gospel of Christ and talking about Christ daily and openly with those around us. Instead of focusing our energy on the things going on in Washington, D.C. we need to be focusing on the spiritual aspect of this world. It is through the spiritual aspect of this world that all these debates and protests will be solved. Only through Christ will we see these hot topics and issues resolved.

It is time we put Christ back into our conversations.
It is time we put Christ back onto our social media accounts.
It is time to stop arguing and debating and time to start loving and praying for one another.
It is time we come together, united for the cause of the gospel.

This world would be a better place if we would all come together, united for Christ and His work.

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